There's no ideal restaurant to celebrate Father’s Day. Your dad could be a stereotypical steak-loving bloke, or a vegetarian. He could be a wine connoisseur or a guy who likes nothing better than to put away six midis at lunch. Whatever kind of dad you have, Father's Day is uncomfortably close (Sunday September 1), which means it's time to get booking.

We've assembled a diverse list of bookable restaurants, with an emphasis on quieter, more classic spots where the family won't have to yell to make conversation. Stick to the top dozen entries if you're keen to splash out and make your dad feel special. Look further down if you're after a more relaxed, communal environment, such as a pizzeria, neighbourhood bistro or pub.

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Best Special Occasion Restaurants in Sydney

Quay

Luxurious dining with prime views.

Overseas Passenger Terminal The Rocks, Sydney

Automata

A fun, energetic take on fine dining headed by ex-Momofuku Seiōbo chef Clayton Wells.

5 Kensington Street, Chippendale

LuMi Bar & Dining

An intriguing restaurant in Pyrmont, with a chef that lists Noma and Attica on his CV.

56 Pirrama Road, Pyrmont

The Gantry

Artful, surprising degustations by the water.

11 Hickson Road, Sydney

Icebergs Dining Room and Bar

On Bondi Beach's cliffside, this upscale Mediterranean restaurant flaunts its fabulous food and view.

Restaurant 1 Notts Ave, Bondi

Rockpool Bar & Grill

A large experience in the best possible way.

66 Hunter Street, Sydney

Porteño

Charcoal-roasted meats and sides, paired with a choice of 300 wines.

50 Holt Street, Surry Hills

Hotel Centennial

Hotel Centennial has been refurbished, and along with a new look comes a new chef.

88 Oxford Street, Woollahra

Lucio’s

A classic Ligurian-style cucina that’s been kicking since the ‘80s.

47 Windsor Street, Paddington

Bartolo

All-day Italian dining from Jared Merlino, the man behind some of Sydney's best bars.

359 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Chubby Cheeks

A modern Thai restaurant serving twice-cooked master-stock chicken and Wagyu brisket that takes four days to prepare.

437 Oxford Street, Paddington

Queen Chow Manly Wharf

Waterside Cantonese with a live seafood tank, oyster bar and dim sum.

22-23 Manly Wharf East Esplanade, Manly

Sunset Sabi

Wild cocktails and unique Japanese flavours from the team at Chica Bonita.

26-28 Pittwater Road, Manly

Monopole

The Bentley team bring their unique brand of food and drink to Potts Point.

71a Macleay street, Potts Point

Sokyo

Japanese food fit for a high (or first-time) roller.

Level G, The Darling at The Star 80 Pyrmont Street, Pyrmont

Cho Cho San

A fresh take on Japanese izakaya dining.

73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

Chiosco by Ormeggio

A casual Italian diner on the harbour.

The Jetty, The Spit Marina, Spit Road, Mosman

Macleay St Bistro

A Potts Point institution with a European bistro feel.

A 73 Macleay Street, Potts Point

La Bufala

All the new-wave pizzerias in Italy use type-one flour. So does this place in Sydney.

Shops 17 & 18 19-33 Kent Road, Mascot

Bondi Trattoria

Extensive antipasti, breakfast, and a range of classics from a celebrated chef.

34 Campbell Parade, Bondi

Henry’s Cronulla

Tropical tapas and seasonal cocktails in a European-styled courtyard.

1 Ocean Grove, Cronulla

Continental Deli Bar and Bistro

Relax with "Mar-tinnies" and tinned seafood.

210 Australia Street, Newtown

Capriccio Osteria & Bar

Rich Italian flavours with a modern palette.

159 Norton Street, Leichhardt

The Herring Room

Plenty of seafood and a people-first approach make this a hit with locals.

94 Pittwater Road, Manly

Sugarcane Coogee

The younger sibling of the Surry Hills restaurant feels like a Thai beach hut.

Shop 1, 56 Carr Street, Coogee

The Dolphin Hotel Dining Room and Wine Room

A restaurant and a wine room run by the Icebergs team and Rootstock’s James Hird.

412 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Bistrot Gavroche

A classic French restaurant on Kensington Street.

2-10 Kensington Street, Chippendale

Dhakshin

This is South Indian with heart and soul in Crows Nest.

320 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest

Maestro and Co

A modern Middle Eastern restaurant in Manly.

50 East Esplanade, Manly

Alex&Co.

A huge multi-space fine diner with room for 350 people.

330 Church Street, Parramatta

The Greens

A breezy garden cafe and bar with ball-droppingly magnificent views.

50 Ridge Street, North Sydney